What a treasure the Berkshires are; Massachusetts’ slice of heaven, as far as I’m concerned. I’m at Fuel Coffee Shop in Great Barrington, which has a very fast wireless connection. Good on them.
Here’s some catching up …
- Jay tut-tuts Congress over the supposed partisanship displayed in its Iraq all-nighter.
Jay, what the hell are they supposed to do? You have a President who doesn’t listen to his generals, fires them if they’re anything other than yes men, ignores the Iraq Study Group’s recommendations, and continues to lead us off a cliff with more than 40 GOP Senators right behind him.
“Can we now discuss a serious non-partisan proposal on how to proceed in Iraq?” No. The GOP won’t have it, never have. Next question.
To anyone who complains about the tactics — what exactly do you recommend the Democrats do, if not to expose and hammer away as hard as possible at the Republican filibuster? “None of the above” is not an acceptable answer. Out with it.
We are a democracy. Democracy means politics, and even “political theater”. That is good, and right, and healthy. That’s how we have a real conversation about what to do. Get used to it. Cherish it, even. The alternatives are pretty lousy.
- On the other hand, viva bipartisanship: Will the Senate stare down the Bush administration’s misanthropy and give health care to millions of kids? Make it so!
Thanks to our MA Senators, and the good GOP folks who are willing to buck the president and do the right thing.
- Ted Sorensen served with Jack Kennedy. He knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was his friend. Senator Obama — you may be Jack Kennedy.
- Unbelievable story: Bad-ass Globe columnist Steve Bailey exposes how easy it is to buy guns in NH (and potentially take them back to MA); gun nuts go crazy; the ATF harasses Bailey.
What freakin’ country is this? (Thanks Jay.)
- I find myself asking: How much of the new stem cell bill is an investment that directly benefits the MA taxpayer, and how much is corporate welfare? If companies use the stem cell lines from the bank in Worcester to make breakthrough treatments, does the state get a direct cut — i.e. from licensing, not just taxation of the revenues?
As so often is the case, I find Mike Widmer’s reaction amusing: “The sum is manageable, but will require difficult choices,” he said. “This kind of investment could potentially have a powerful payback.” Ah, so <emthis kind of public investment — straight into private companies — is A-OK, huh? We’ll remember that as we try to overhaul education financing, for instance.